What a ridiculous, misleading, and inflammatory post.
I have bought a car on Bring a Trailer
And sold a car on Bring a Trailer.
Both transactions were great.
I have bid on others. I have contacted sellers during an auction. I have inspected a car during the auction period.
The thread starter did the right thing. After winning the auction, he didn't get the information he needed from the seller, so he cancelled the deal and got his money back.
So what's the complaint?
As with all long distance transactions, you have to use your spider-sense. I have bought cars long distance without inspecting them, and it's worked out fine. I have backed out of an ebay motorcycle because the seller was difficult to communicate with.
Bring a trailer brings buyers and sellers together. Yes, they take a commision for doing that- of course. It's up to the buyer and seller to finalize the details of the transaction. No one's holding a gun to your head to send money if you're getting bad vibes from the seller. It's no different than ebay, cars.com, CL, etc.
No one chooses to send payment but you. If you need to go inspect the car, go inspect it. If you don't get the paperwork you need from the seller, back out of the deal. If the car is different than you thought, renegotiate or back out of the deal.
Sounds like every car deal I've ever done. The buyer is ALWAYS in charge of protecting his money!
If you have a unique car, Bring a trailer's 5% commission (max fee $5K) is a GREAT alternative to a conventional auction where the auction house gets about 18% of what the buyer pays (with no maximum). I know my MG sold on BaT for a lot more than I could have sold it for anywhere else. (BTW, a dealer bought it, and wired me the money without seeing the car.....)